Raleigh Wedding Photographer | Market Hall | Leslie & Chris

The bride and groom dance their first dance under the market lights in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.

Back in the day…

A while ago (okay, it was almost two years ago, now!!!), I photographed Leslie and Chris’ engagement session. It was such a fun day because - well, they are just so much fun! We walked around the antiques, we goofed off among the Christmas trees, and we laughed the WHOLE TIME. Especially that time they pretended to be super serious -and it resulted in one of their favorite photos from the day! We referenced this favorite engagement portrait in some of their wedding portraits to add an extra element of continuity to the photo story of their life together. It. Was. Fantastic. I’m sure you’ll know which one when you see it.

Now, about their wedding at Market Hall…

If this wasn’t the most magical December wedding last year, I can’t imagine what was! Leslie and Chris got married and hosted their beautiful modern wintry reception at the stunning Park View at Market Hall in downtown Raleigh. Staircases abound, so the opportunity for the unique perspective with overhead shots here is super fun! Thanks to my wonderful second shooter, Candice Rork Photography, we were able to seamlessly cover multiple angles of the same moments.

I also just have to mention the abundant florals were composed of a lovely neutral palette from Teacup Floral. How gorgeous are they?! They were on the stairs, at the altar, they were EVERYWHERE, and I loved them. And of course, some ended up in my hair by the end of the night… as always!

Now, we can’t ignore the major dessert factor. SweetWater Ices not only brought dessert AND sass, but so much style! And… all those cookies… they were made by Leslie and the moms. Yes! For real! Didn’t they look positively delicious! Sometimes DIY is seriously the BEST option. There was even an Italian one, just like one my Nana used to make. SOOO YUMMY!

And we need to talk about this dress:

Leslie’s dress was from Oak City Bridal. This dress was positively stunning and unique in that she did not wear a veil, but instead the gown was complemented by a cape! It was such a beautiful and inspired element to finish her look. She was the absolutely personification of the most glowing bride, thanks to hair and makeup by Wedded Kiss. I mean, Chris cried during the first look, and it was everything. She topped it off with a fur cape at the end of the evening under the sparklers. EEEEEEEK, so gorgeous!!

Making the Forever Memories

Sadly, Chris’ dad passed away in March, so Leslie and Chris’ wedding was the last time the entire family was together for fun and photos. I’m so honored that these images hold such significant moments for everyone involved. It was truly a special event. The entire day was organized by Amanda Blair by Design and could not have been more perfect.

Congrats to these two amazing people and cheers to many years of champagne filled Saturdays!

Wedding details include red high heels, white flowers, and floral invites for the wedding in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride got ready with champagne with her bridesmaids before her wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride got dressed with her bridesmaids before her wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride got ready with her bridesmaids before her wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The groom got ready with his groomsmen before his wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The groom and his guys got silly before his wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom had a first look before their wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom had a first look outside before their wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride posed on the cobblestones outside before her wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride posed with her bridesmaids on the cobblestones outside before her wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom posed on the cobblestones outside with their bridal party before her wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom posed on the cobblestones outside before their wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
Some details of the wedding ceremony include engagement photos and lots of white flowers with greenery in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom relax inside with family before their wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom take inside portraits before their wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom getting ready for their indoor wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom exchange vows during their indoor wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom exchange vows under the market lights during their indoor wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom relax after their indoor wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom take family photos after their indoor wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom walk down the aisle after they exchanged vows during their indoor wedding ceremony in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom dance and take a selfie during their wedding reception in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
Wedding reception details in downtown Raleigh include gold chargers, lots of cookies, and a beautiful cake, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom dance with their guests during their wedding reception in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom dance with their family and guests during their wedding reception in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom walked under the sparklers for their exits their wedding reception in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.
The bride and groom kissed under the sparklers for their exits their wedding reception in downtown Raleigh, photos by Rose Trail Images.

Vendor Recap:

Venue: Market Hall

Planner: Amanda Blair by Design

Dress: Oak City Bridal

Florals: Teacup Floral

Hair and Makeup: Wedded Kiss

DJ: High Impact Entertainment

Rentals: Cottage Luxe and CE Rental

Desserts: SweetWater Ices and Wakefield Confectionary

Photographer: Rose Trail Images

Second Shooter: Candice Rork Photography